Love ’em, don’t eat ’em: Are you keeping up with today’s celebrity lifestyles? Take this simple quiz: What do James Cromwell (six-foot six-inch actor who played the crooked Captain Dudley Smith in L.A. Confidential, Prince (a.k.a. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, the Artist and Unpronounceable Glyph; the three-foot four-inch Minneapolis hit machine), Woody Harrelson (free-wheeling hemp activist who got his acting start on TV’s “Cheers”) and Paul McCartney (British billionaire who once wrote a couple of songs for some band whose name escapes us) have in common?
They’re all avowed vegetarians (or, in the case of Cromwell, strict vegans) who also throw their celebrity weight behind such critter-friendly causes as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), even going so far as to share their favorite animal-free recipes on the organization’s popular “PETA Eats” web feature (www.petaeats.com). And this month, along with roughly a million other viewers who visit the PETA site (www.peta.org) every month, they’ll be feasting their eyes on Tipu’s Tiger, a little ol’ Missoula vegetarian eatery that was recently selected as PETA’s Featured Restaurant for the month of March.
Pretty neat, huh? And isn’t it just delightful to imagine “Sir> Paul McCartney making a mental note to pop round to 115 1/2 South 4th West for a bit of a nosh next time he’s in this neck of the woods? Site visitors can read all about Tipu’s, which was recommended to the PETA people by frequent patron and local PETA supporter Allison Kahn, in a very nice mission statement that goes into the restaurant’s Buddhist business philosophy and discusses the importance of environment, recycling, eating right, openness and “positivity.” There are even a couple of Tipu’s recipes included for the folks who want to try it at home.
According to the congratulatory PETA press release, the “PETA Eats” site received the most visits of any PETA web feature last month. The organization’s Vegan Campaign coordinator, Andrew Butler, writes that “With vegetarians sprouting up everywhere and more than half of all Americans ordering meat-free meals at least occasionally, Tipu’s Tiger is poised to continue its skyrocketing success.”
And speaking of the right timing for this kind of international exposure: The neatest part of it all is that Tipu’s, which opened its doors in May, 1997, takes the honors just in time for its fifth birthday. Here’s chai in your eye, fellas!
Snow foolin’? While it’s still fresh in your mind, the scribes in the Indy’s Department of Anthropological Studies would like to have you know that, contrary to the everything you’ve heard all your life, the Eskimos do not have 100 words for snow, or 75, or even 50. According to linguist Stephen Pinker in his book, The Language Instinct, the Great Inuit Vocabulary Hoax apparently dates back to 1911, when Franz Boas (one of the fathers of modern anthropology) casually noted that the Inuit (whom he called “Eskimos,” using the derogatory term of a tribe to the south) had four words for snow. The number seems to have grown in the retelling, topping out as high as 400 snow-words in some texts. So the next time someone tries to palm this just-so story off on you, you can tell them with confidence that modern linguists place the number of Inuit words for snow, generously, at a dozen or less.